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Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/21/16 10:01:02AM
96 posts

Christmas songs for seniors?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm so sorry you got so sick, Terry.  Most of that weight loss is water weight, and you will gain some back after you are completely stable.  There is nothing more distressing than food poisoning.  I'm so glad to hear you are out of the hospital and back home. That is good news.  Feel better fast, and have a very merry Christmas!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/20/16 10:15:48AM
96 posts




Dan Goad:

Here is the tab that i have in my files.


 


Another tab is available at ED.



That looks identical to Randy's tab arrangement clapper


updated by @guy-babusek: 12/20/16 10:16:03AM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
02/15/16 10:14:42AM
96 posts

Hard Case Advice?


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Craggy Mountain has some nice ones... and two sizes too. They are the only large cases that fit my baritone.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
02/03/16 10:17:50AM
96 posts

pocket tunes and maintaining the backpack


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I definitely should be better about keeping a rep going, but my problem is there are only so many hours in the day! I try to keep about 3 or 4 tunes "performance ready" if I can unless I'm too busy working on something new.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/28/16 10:21:35AM
96 posts

Extra Frets


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Strumelia:
....an incredible player like Guy could make it sound heavenly way up there where the air is thin.  

Aw, that's very kind of you, Lisa. I think I'm just a bit of an anomaly liking those high frets. Dale Foye just finished building my Aeolus Soprano!  It's so amazing. It's tuned a fifth above a standard, but it still has a 28" fretboard, so it still has great sustain.  Can't wait to play it!!


updated by @guy-babusek: 01/28/16 10:22:36AM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/28/16 02:52:31AM
96 posts

Extra Frets


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Ken Hulme:
I do think players are not particularly concerned about the 'upper octave' frets, as a great many people don't regularly play above fret 14.

I'm odd that way I guess. I really enjoy those upper frets sometimes!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/08/16 11:01:19AM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Joy W.:
Guy Babusek:I keep threatening to publish a tab book and I hope to get that accomplished in 2016! 
I love your arrangements Guy, and would definitely be in line to buy a book of your tabs. :)

Thank you so much, Joy. I'll do my best this year, I promise!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/07/16 02:06:47PM
96 posts

need or not need 6.5 fret


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Just make it sound nice, and I'm happy with however you play it.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/07/16 11:01:24AM
96 posts

How to tune wooden pegs


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I personally can't stand wooden pegs.  They look cool, but they drive me nuts.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/07/16 10:59:08AM
96 posts

need or not need 6.5 fret


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john p:
Guy Babusek: ... those extra frets also create a chromatic slide which sounds really bad on other tunes, so it really depends on what you are playing as to whether you want extra frets or not ...
This is my only real objection to extra frets, can't get used to it no matter how much I try, too many years playing by ear I guess. Otherwise very useful. The 6.5 allows you to move the root position UP a fifth (Ionian played from the Mixalydian position for example) The 1.5 allows you to move the root position DOWN a fifth (Dorian from the Mixalydian position for example)

Yeah, sometimes those chromatic slides are very out of place. Often when I'm playing an instrument with a lot of extra frets I tend to play across the strings more in order to avoid that.... it really depends on the tune and what I'm going for.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/07/16 10:56:49AM
96 posts

need or not need 6.5 fret


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Rob N Lackey:
Yeah, Guy, but it sure is "cool" to play all over the fretboard.  In 2014 I was playing with some folks (fiddle, bass, autoharp) at the local farmer's market. The fiddler called out "Over the Waterfall," one that I use the 6th fret on the bass string to get the C natural in the A part.  After we were finished I heard someone say, "boy, they ran that guy with the dulcimer all over that thing."  It was  pretty nice that they noticed.

Very true, Rob!  It's fun to play all over the board like that! As in everything, it really all depends on the tune, and the sound you are going for!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/06/16 10:44:30AM
96 posts

need or not need 6.5 fret


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Interestingly enough, in order to play many of tunes that are in Mixolydian mode (especially if you play melody/chord), the so-called "Mixolydian tuning" doesn't work too well, unless you have the 1.5 fret.  I find that the 1-4-8 (C-F-C) tuning works better for those tunes if I'm not using the 1.5 fret. Otherwise you have to jump up to the bass string 6th fret to get the flat 7 on the melody if it dips below the tonic, which most of them do.


updated by @guy-babusek: 01/06/16 10:46:10AM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/03/16 12:52:12PM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Kathy Ford:
 Guy, where might I find the tab for Wayfaring Stranger? One of my all time favorite songs, and you do an amazing job fingerpicking it. Love the sound of the dulcimer you are playing also.

Thank you so much for your kind words, Kathy!  That is my own arrangement of Wayfaring Stranger. I keep threatening to publish a tab book and I hope to get that accomplished in 2016! 

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/03/16 11:29:45AM
96 posts

need or not need 6.5 fret


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It's great to have several dulcimers: A diatonic, one with the 6.5 and 13.5, one with the 1.5 and 8.5, one chromatic, a baritone, a soprano... one dulcimer doesn't always fit all!

Some tunes really do need extra frets no matter how you try to figure out the tuning; but those extra frets also create a chromatic slide which sounds really bad on other tunes, so it really depends on what you are playing as to whether you want extra frets or not.

I like the 1.5 on a lot of my mixolydian tunes. True, I also play them on the diatonic tuned to 1-4-8, but the voicings aren't always to my liking... so I always have to let my ear be the judge, not my sense of "tradition," whatever that means.


updated by @guy-babusek: 01/03/16 11:31:06AM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
01/01/16 11:12:32AM
96 posts

Tell us about your VERY FIRST dulcimer


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Mine was an old Ruggs and Jackel Folkroots that someone didn't want anymore and they gave to me. I played it for about 10 years, and then donated it to an organization who uses dulcimers in their music therapy programs for rehabilitative purposes. It had such a BIG voice!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/31/15 02:18:38PM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Another option is a Jerry Rockwell dulcimer.  This one has a lovely warm tone as well, which may be what you are looking for. It's not really all that deep of a body either. I still own this one, but it doesn't get the attention it deserves:

 


updated by @guy-babusek: 12/31/15 07:37:47PM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/31/15 02:08:57PM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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I owned a Ewing dulcimer, which had a lovely warm sound. I sold it, since I was pretty much only playing my Aeolus, but I think it's one of the nicest sounding of the mid-range priced dulcimers I have played.  I have a couple videos of me playing it here, that may be close to the sound you are looking for. It's not very large or deep body, but is till a lovely warm sound.:


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Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/29/15 12:08:04PM
96 posts

Squeakless Strings?


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John Shaw:
Here comes a "minority report"!  I don't like the various "squeakless" varieties at all.  I'm with Linda Brockinton in thinking that they sound dull or muffled.  I'm happy to accept a bit of squeak if that's the price I have to pay to achieve a lively sound.  (Guy is quite right about taking care to lift off the pressure when sliding on a wound string so as not to squeak too much, however.) 
 That's interesting. I didn't find the muffled sound at all on the Elixir strings, John... but I did experience what you describe on the others I tried. The Elixirs in both varieties sounded like very good wound strings to me. I especially like them on my baritone... helps keep the sound effects to a minimum there!
updated by @guy-babusek: 12/29/15 12:09:29PM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/28/15 11:44:39AM
96 posts

Squeakless Strings?


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I like the elixirs too! They don't seem to muffle like some of the others that I have tried. Sometimes I just use regular "non squeakless" strings and try to take more care on my wound strings to lift off the pressure when I slide so I don't squeak too much.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/28/15 10:48:14AM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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If you are going to be playing mostly in DAA instead of DAD, I find that changing the treble string to a heavier gauge which matches the middle string gives a better sound. Otherwise that upper string can sound kind of floppy and lifeless IMO. 

I like CGC a lot. Especially if I am playing a tune that hangs out lot in the upper range of the instrument. The upper notes in DAD don't have the same ring to them IMO.


updated by @guy-babusek: 12/28/15 10:51:04AM
Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/27/15 04:26:36PM
96 posts

String Gauge for Warm Rich Sound


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Jane, You have gotten some excellent responses from the great people and players on this board.

 

I agree with Dusty, that while wood can definitely affect the timbre of your instrument, it has much more to do with how the instrument is built, and how it is played.

 

I find that paying great attention to my technique, using as little pressure as possible when I fret, and using a light touch on my picking hand. Regardless of whether I'm finger picking or using a pick to strum I have to be careful of how I'm playing... not digging into the strings very hard to play them, but getting  a nice brush on top of the strings to set them vibrating.

I have personally found that the longest VSL my body can manage seems to also help me as far as sustain goes... so while you don't want an instrument that is too long for your body, you don't want to go too short either. 

 

Size, build, materials and technique all play their own part in the tonal quality of your sound.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/15/15 10:12:02PM
96 posts

Tinny sound


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I never much cared for how a pickup sounds for recording. I prefer a nice mic. 

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/15/15 08:05:19PM
96 posts

Tinny sound


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@marymacgowan  I only wear headphones if I'm multi-tracking.   Otherwise if I was listening to the previous track through a speaker  while I was overdubbing  then I would be recording the original trackl again onto the new track and I wouldn't be able to isolate them. 

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/15/15 05:42:10PM
96 posts

Tinny sound


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[quote="marymacgowan"]
[quote="Guy Babusek"]Guy, could you describe what you use to simulateneously film and record? I have microphones and preamps and headphones (and a Bose songwriter amp system, which would be good for filming - I think - ?), but just don't know how to put it all together for a live recording. thx![/quote]

 Sure Mary! I've used several different methods through the years. Lately I find I get the best results by simultaneously recording the video and the audio  from two separate sources . I have mostly just been using my iPhone to record the video and I record the audio right through the iPhone microphone.  I simultaneously record the audio using a decent microphone right into the computer using a program like Logic.  Once I have finished recording, then I import the audio and video into a video editing program such as Adobe Premiere. I sync the audio of the decent recording up with the iPhone video and then delete the audio recorded on the IPhone.   I've also experimented with filming directly using a WebCam while I'm recording into Logic but I find that sometimes is less than satisfactory   Hope that helps! 

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/15/15 11:40:57AM
96 posts

Tinny sound


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Before I upgraded my studio, I got some decent recordings with an inexpensive Shure SM-58 mic plugged into a small Mackie mixer which I got for very little money. Before I got a decent sound interface, I did what no one said was possible, and that's use an adapter from the outs on my mixer to a mini in on the mic input on my computer. It was definitely not perfect, but I was able to record with a decent sound until I could afford to upgrade to some more "proper" equipment.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
04/02/15 10:33:23AM
96 posts

Celtic Tunes Commonly Played on the Dulcimer


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Looks like a great list to me. I tend to do a lot of so called "Celtic" music, but I don't think most of mine is very common LOL. Down By The Sally Gardens might be a nice addition to your list.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
04/02/15 10:36:19AM
96 posts



I think a drag is a strum, or a brush.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/17/14 09:38:33PM
96 posts

Dulcibard Page


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No worries, folkfan. Thank you so much for the kind words!!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/17/14 08:59:16PM
96 posts

Dulcibard Page


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Oh good. I just don't like to break any rules!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/16/14 10:24:29AM
96 posts

Dulcibard Page


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Thanks for noticing that Dusty. I fixed it!

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
12/15/14 10:12:55PM
96 posts

Dulcibard Page


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Hi! Don't know if this is legal or not. So if not, just delete it! I started a Facebook fan page a few minutes ago if anyone feels like giving it a "like."

www.facebook.com/dulcibard


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Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
11/14/14 02:06:36PM
96 posts

One and One Half Fret


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I like the 1 1/2 fret on my baritone. I like using the baritone to harmonize with the standard. This allows me to use a 1-5-8 tuning and still be able to play in the same key as the standard, i.e. Standard: c-g-c and baritone: g-d-g.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
10/14/14 12:32:01AM
96 posts

New Cyntia Smith Album!


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Hi Cyntia! The whole album is so beautiful. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I suppose the stand out tracks for me were: I Sing Praise to Brigit, Miner's Dance and Lucina's Lullaby. It's definitely a lovely album. The arrangements, the production and the performances are so exquisite.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
10/04/14 06:27:02PM
96 posts

New Cyntia Smith Album!


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It's called "Soul Tending." It's absolutely gorgeous! Highly recommended!! I just got it, and can't stop listening.

Soul Tending


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Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
10/05/14 03:23:03PM
96 posts

Question about keys and modes


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Hi! Yes. DAD you are tuned to the key of D mixolydian, and if you have a 6.5 fret you can also play in the key of D major (AKA D Ionian). In DAD you can also play in the Key of G Major pretty easily using your 3rd fret as your tonic (home base). But if you are using a noter drone style of playing, then you will want to tune to DAA if you want to use your 3rd fret as your tonic in the key of D, but if you are chording, then there is no need to retune.

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
09/30/14 12:11:01AM
96 posts

Mean tone dulcimer?


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"Ooh that dulcimer has a mean tone!"

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
09/20/14 02:33:19PM
96 posts

Dulcimer and yoga practice?


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LOL! No problem, Gwyn. Jerry has a brand new album out too called "Tapping at the Edge of Paradise" that isn't yet on iTunes, but you can download it here: http://jerryrockwell.bandcamp.com

Guy Babusek
@guy-babusek
09/20/14 02:08:01PM
96 posts

Dulcimer and yoga practice?


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Haven't played for a yoga class, but I do like Jerry Rockwell's album Nine Meditations for Dulcimer in my yoga practice!

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